Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game, by Unity Games, is an app to inspire some serious brainwork! A puzzle type app that will develop patience and a try again attitude (well it did for me!) for those who are willing to recreate inventions based on the Goldberg cartoon contraptions.
There are 18 levels of engineering endeavors to undertake. Complete the puzzle to unlock the next one in the sequence and earn rewards that acknowledge your hard work.
Place objects in the appropriate place, use strings and pulleys to connect objects, press the TEST button for a cause and effect visual so you know that you are on the right track with the correct sequence (A, B, C and so on). Objects are labeled with “A” – “M”
Critical and higher level thinking are definitely a must have to be successful with this app; however, there is a ‘hint’ option that can be accessed which was quite helpful. The hints are definitely a plus and in my opinion, would be needed unless you are Goldberg himself! The written clues provided will help you figure out what to do with the objects provided so that you can begin to earn your achievement rewards.
So, if you are ready for a challenge, Rube Works is an outstanding and amazing 3D puzzle with fun music and animation. It will provide you with hours of brainwork; in fact, it kept me entertained on a coast-to-coast flight from California to Florida! I highly recommend this app for the budding engineer or those with a knack for making contraptions!
About the Author
Jackie Bryla is a school based SLPA in California. Her experience includes working with transitional kindergarten through high school age students as well as the functional skills population in the public schools. She regularly presents iPad Training for California State University Sacramento, American River College, and San Joaquin Delta College speech and language programs. Jackie is also the founder of Act – Apps, Consulting, and Training. She is an app beta tester for educational app developers. Jackie is a board member of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) and is an active CSHA District 2 Advisory Committee member in the Sacramento area. Jackie received the outstanding SLPA for CSHA in 2012.